The minimum wage increase that the Senate passed and is now before the House is detrimental to libraries across the state of Illinois.
I'm sure the legislators have not thought about the effect on libraries, especially small and medium libraries. My library is already in a tax cap county, so there will be no way to gain additional income to support doubling my staff wages at my library without cutting hours, services and purchases of materials.
How can lawmakers demand that we gut our budget to pay minimum wage without giving us some way of receiving money that will cover those additional expenses? When you increase wages like that it doesn't just increase wages, it increases payroll taxes, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund deductions and possible cost of benefits for the library affected.
I hope the legislators reconsider this minimum wage increase or at least build in a clause for smaller non-profit entities. The tax credit in the bill is for small businesses that pay taxes. Libraries do not pay taxes so the tax credit does nothing to help us out.
Susan McKinney, St. Joseph